St Giles Hotels to operate Havana’s Hotel Deauville
Cuba: St Giles Hotels will be the first UK hotel brand to operate in Cuba when it takes over Havana’s Hotel Deauville.
Owner Gran Caribe, one of Cuba's leading hotel groups, accepted
St Giles' bid to renovate and manage the Hotel Deauville, in the
heart of Havana. Abigail Tan-Giroud, St Giles Hotels head of UK,
Europe and the Americas, is handling the negotiations of this deal,
with advisory from Geskaria Real Estate Investments.
Currently operating as a three-star hotel, the property will reopen at a later date as The Deauville - A St Giles Signature Hotel, and be added to the brand's highest hotel classification. The property is located on the Malecón, Cuba's famous seaside promenade, overlooking Havana Bay and offers a centrally located base to explore both Old Havana and the Vedado district.
"We are incredibly excited and honoured to have been distinguished with this opportunity," said Tan-Giroud. "Our success in hotel development and management, vast experience in construction, and our brand's value of preserving culture and enhancing communities, puts St Giles Hotels in a prime situation to partner with the Cuban government on redeveloping this gem in Havana. And of course being the first UK hotel group to be granted entry is a bonus."
This is the first of St Giles Hotels' planned expansion into Cuba and the Caribbean and this bid will mark the 11th hotel in the St Giles portfolio, keeping pace with Tan-Giroud's vision for 20 hotels by 2020. This latest St Giles development news follows 2015 openings including The Wembley - a St Giles Hotel in Penang and The Tank Stream - a St Giles Hotel in Sydney.